Government, charity funding for Coast Groups

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Government, charity funding for Coast Groups

A residents' group tackling drug use on the Central Coast's received a much needed boost

The Commonwealth-backed Gosford Local Drug Action Team's secured extra $25,000 in funding from the government, to better connect people at risk of substance abuse with our community.

With support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the Gosford Local Drug Action Team’s action plan centres around implementing activities that generate a sense of connectedness within the community and foster health and wellbeing.

Among the initiatives is a series of art workshops for people aged 12 to 17 years old.

The announcement came yesterday, while today the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will officially announce $170,000 in funding for Central Coast Programs, as part of its latest round of funding grants.

Four programs are being funded this time around:

  • Youth Off the Streets’ program “Cycle of Courage will receive $17,700 to purchase new racing bikes, riding gear, and cover the entry fees for the planned charity rides in 2018.
  • Surf Life Saving Central Coast will receive $33,500 to support its Rookie and Youth Leadership programs.
  • Cancer Council NSW will receive funding to purchase a vehicle to assist in the delivery of the Beat Cancer @ Work program being delivered on in the Central Coast and Hunter regions.
  • Child Abuse Prevention will receive $88,000 for the roll-out of the Safe Children, Safe Families program into the Central Coast and Hunter regions.

Foundation Chairman Phil Neat says it takes the total amount invested in the Coast since the Foundation's inception in 2003, to $3 million.

“The Foundation exists to provide financial support and enable the critical work of community organisations that have initiatives which may fall outside other funding avenues, but are still exceptionally important as they will improve the lives of marginalised members of our regional communities,” Mr Neat says.